New York, May 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its report, "On the table: Why now is the time to sway Rouhani to meet his promises for press freedom in Iran," on May 24, 2018. CPJ will mark the launch of the report with a panel discussion in Brussels.
The report finds that while President Hassan Rouhani sought re-election on the promise of a more open Iran, challenges persist for the press, as hardliners in the judiciary and other powerful institutions jail journalists, block websites, and maintain a climate of fear with harassment and surveillance. As President Trump's administration takes a hostile stance toward Iran and Rouhani looks to European leaders to shore up international support, Iran's lack of press freedom and other lapses in human rights could be a lynchpin.
A panel, hosted by MEP Marietje Schaake, will discuss the report's findings. Speakers include Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani, CPJ's Iran consultant and report author, and Mahsa Alimardani, Article 19 researcher for freedom of expression and digital rights in Iran.
WHAT: Report release and panel discussion for, "On the table: Why now is the time to sway Rouhani to meet his promises for press freedom in Iran."
WHEN: May 24, 2018, 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time (0800 GMT)
WHERE: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli building (ASP), Room A5G1
CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide
Note to Editors:
Embargoed copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy of the report or for information about the panel discussion, email [email protected]
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This media advisory has been updated to correct the launch time.]